Ode to Anchor Coffee House

Blog post No. 427

img_20171205_161228_270Right off the hop, I want to point out that while the location Huron Line is gone, the Anchor Coffee House and bakery in Walkerville is going strong. I’m ecstatic that they have managed to keep the Walkerville location open during the pandemic. Sadly, due to heightened risk, I haven’t been much support. I am enjoying a cup of local Chance coffee while I write this. I bought a bag when I stopped by to pick up the books that had been for sale at the Huron location. It’s good, but nothing replaces actually going there. The atmosphere, the people, the other customers—there is something special about going to a good local coffee shop and spending a little time enjoying a good beverage. Continue reading “Ode to Anchor Coffee House”

The Hot Sun was Hot.

Blog No. 244

20258418_10154481579291580_8502443821795511781_nI don’t know if you remember where you were or what you were doing last Saturday. If you were anywhere near Windsor, you were probably getting baked by the angry vengeful sun. Hopefully you managed to do something fun that didn’t require you to deal with the stupidly hot weather, or you were taking part in my favourite summer pastime, hiding in a basement with old VHS tapes. Sadly, I wasn’t watching fuzzy old movies. I was standing out front of Biblioasis for the Walkerville Art Walk, reading to (almost) no one.

Not that I blame people for not being there. Like I mentioned. It was rather hot. Plus, it kept threatening to rain. It did spit a bit for a while, but (while that may have been a welcome respite) it didn’t really rain. Usually the threat is enough to keep people away. Continue reading “The Hot Sun was Hot.”

Back To Basics

Blog No. 243

giphyNow that we are well into the summer, my schedule is starting to look more like normal. Other than the odd weekend wedding, the day job is slowing way down. It means tightening the belt, but it also means way more time for writing and such. Even the upcoming events have slowed down, which I’m not going to complain about. The last few didn’t work out so well, so taking a break from so many is fine by me. I’ll be nice to work my way back in front of the eight ball that ran me down a few months ago. That may be easier said than done, but even with a little more writing finished, I’m already feeling like things are on the way. Continue reading “Back To Basics”

Pretend this title is Click Bait

Blog No. 208

pkwc2rvLast week’s post got to least amount of views of all my posts in the last three years. I suspect it was the title. It felt wrong as I was typing it, but I couldn’t manage to get anything better. Maybe a generic title would have done the trick, or maybe that wasn’t the issue at all. Either way, that was a disappointment. Thankfully, the same info is available under the events tab. So, when you’re done here, you should go check that out. Also, while last week’s post was about events, I failed to mention the slew of events I am eagerly anticipating that have nothing to do with me (other than me attending). Continue reading “Pretend this title is Click Bait”

All the Other Ones

Blog No. 201

Last week I was invited to a book launch/reading/jazz show. The author (Vanessa Shields) is a friend of mine, and I was looking forward to going to the show. Not only do I try to go to as many local events as possible (and try is about the best word I can use since I tend to fall short with all the events I am lucky to be invited to) I make it a point to support those local artists (or businesses, etc) who go our of their way to support others. Plus, she is a nice person and does good work. Some days, getting out back out in the evening after a slog at work is insurmountable. There have been dozens of events I’ve missed (this year alone) where everything from interest to desire was urging me to go, but fatigue won out (with a healthy dose of being behind on my own work) and I didn’t make it out. There are some I regret missing, there are others that (from what I’ve heard) I didn’t miss much, but beyond the support and the enjoyment, there is another good reason for me to go to as many shows and events as possible (and I’m not talking about exposure). Continue reading “All the Other Ones”

Even the Smaller Ones

Blog No. 195

IMG_20160813_090314833 Last weekend I was invited to Essex for a Farmer’s Market. Initially, Christian and I thought we were going to be at the Busker’s Festival in Walkerville, but that fell through. Somehow, as if by magic, the organizer of the Farmer’s Market called up Christian, asking if we’d like to get a table there. I’m not sure how things work out like that some times, but it seems to happen a lot with us. We’ll be wondering what to do in the coming month and be invited to an event, or another author will tell us about something we haven’t heard of yet. Most of the events are small, but that doesn’t matter much. Sometimes it’s nice to have an easy day filled with nice people. Continue reading “Even the Smaller Ones”

Book Signings and the Other Side of the Fillmore

12507456_10100559112920459_5901495416298332388_nBlog No. 167

January is over and I had my first book signing over the weekend. So far this year has been pretty special. I put out a book (with Christian), we had a fantastic launch event, I were invited for literacy day at a local school, and Biblioasis invited me to do my first signing. And that’s just January. Every month through May has its own share of events, and we are still making plans and receiving invitations. It’s been amazing. Continue reading “Book Signings and the Other Side of the Fillmore”